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Rogersville leaders resist dropping stand-alone election

November 13th, 2013 9:28 pm by Jeff Bobo

Rogersville leaders resist dropping stand-alone election

ROGERSVILLE — Merging the Rogersville city election with a state or federal election would save money, and most likely increase voter turnout drastically, but some city leaders said Tuesday they prefer to keep the traditional “stand-alone” election.

Rogersville city elections are held on the first Saturday in June in odd numbered years. The full Board of Mayor and Aldermen was elected this year, and in two years school board members will be elected.

In 2009, the BMA election cost the city $12,159.

Election administrator Donna Sharp cut that cost to $9,841 in 2013 by holding early voting in the election office and utilizing office staff instead of hiring temps.

If the city coordinated its election with a state or federal election, the cost would be a few hundred dollars for advertising in the newspaper.

Over the past three BMA elections there has been a trend toward increased voter apathy in Rogersville.

In 2005, 1,193 people voted in the BMA election out of 2,886 registered voters, or 41.3 percent.

In 2009, 973 voted out of 2,634 registered voters, or 36.9 percent.

In 2013, 830 voted  out of 2,890 registered voters, or 28.7 percent 

For more on this story read Thursday's print edition of the Times-News or the expanded e-edition.

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